8 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

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Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are in your itinerary. Temppeliaukio Church and Turku Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Cathedral of Porvoo), Turku (Turku Castle & Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Kolminaisuuden kirkko, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Porvoo, Vantaa Art Museum, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna


Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Raippaluodon Silta
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko ©
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko

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